1st.ed., 1923. 401 + 49 (advt.) pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, silhouettes, drawings, flags, etc. Original green cloth professionally re-backed ; gilt lettering to spine ; blind to front board. 33 x 21cm. Some wear to extremities to partly faded boards ; first few leaves foxed o/w a clean, tight copy V.G. This is the 26th issue of the celebrated work on international warships founded by Fred T. Jane in 1896. The year of publication, 1923, was an interesting one. The Washington Naval Treaty had recently been ratified with the result that a large number of capital ships had been removed from the world's fleets. Smaller vessels were, however, being built in Britain and overseas, including cruisers and destroyers. The carriers HERMES and EAGLE had recently been re-fitted, and VINDICTIVE had been converted back to her original cruiser design. Those battleships surviving the Treaty were undergoing modernization, and the Imperial German Navy was reduced to a handful of pre-war battleships, light cruisers, destroyers, gunboats, minesweepers and auxiliaries ' all of obsolete design. With a wealth of information, data and illustration, Fighting Ships describes all the warships of the world's navies in service during this post-First World War era.